Florida privet – Pollinator candy

bee on forestiera segregata @v fmel
The nectar of the small yellow-green flowers of Florida privet (Forestiera segregata) are quite attractive to pollinators of all sorts.
forestiera segregata flower - bm
Florida privet flowers in the winter when migratory birds are looking for insects to eat, though flowering time is quite variable from plant to plant. Often, when flowering, the plant sheds all of its leaves. This marvelous macro photograph is the handiwork of Bob Montanaro. Visit, his blog, to see more pictures of bees visiting Florida privet.

fl privet @ elc
We examined Florida privet in the landscape at the Environmental Learning Center, 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach at our joint volunteer class on Saturday, February 8. It was mostly covered with free, new leaves, but a few leafless branches had flowers. Another Florida privet on the property was covered with flowers. Thank you to ELC Education Coordinator Heather Stapleton for this photograph.

Also known as wild olive or ink berry, this plant produces small blue-black fruits beloved by birds …
forestiera-segregata
Left to its own devices, this plant ail grow into a small, multi-trunked tree with grayish bark …
forestiera segregata
Its small leaves sheer well …
forestiera segregta leaves
Florida privet makes an excellent pest-free, drought-tolerant landscape plant for sun or shade. Copious flowering & fruiting, of course, depends on sun.

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